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May 22, 2013 Roy Trumbull
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Aldrich Ames was a CIA case officer who in 1985 became a spy for the KGB. Some of the assets (people) he betrayed in the USSR were executed. In one four year period he was paid $1.88 million. This account comes from fbi.gov.
Topics: CIA, FBI, KGB, spies, espionage, Russia, dead drops
Cratediggers
Feb 7, 2013 Roy Trumbull
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Joaquin Miller  (1837 - 1913) spent 5 years with the Indian tribes whose base was in the forests out from the base of Mt. Shasta in northern California. The Modocs, Pit River Indians, Klamats, and Shastas were driven to near extinction by the influx of whites in search of gold. The rivers were polluted by placer mining and the salmon came no more. The trout died. Game was much more easily hunted with rifles than with bows and arrows. While this story has the potential to be a real downer,...
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Topics: Modoc Indians,gun fights, massacres, Indians, Mt Shasta, Joaquin Miller, gold
Cratediggers
Nov 19, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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Joaquin Miller (1837-1913) was in the west when it was truly wild. Bears were plentiful and he recounts his many adventures with them.
Topics: Joaquin Miller, bears, adventures, wild west, California, Oregon, Mt. Shasta
Community Audio
Sep 30, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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The poems come from the collection "Second April" by Edna St. Vincent Millay. The poems are: Travel, Song of a Second April, Inland, Wraith, Doubt No More That Oberon, and Lament
Topics: poems, poetry, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Second April
Community Audio
Sep 27, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950) wrote this poem in 1912 when she was 20. Although she wrote many other poems that were published, this is the one poem most often associated with her. It became known to television viewers in the 1950s when TV host Dave Garroway used a portion of the last stanza for his signature on the program "Wide Wide World" (1955 - 1958)
Topics: Renascence, Millay, Garroway, poetry, poems, Wide Wide World
Community Audio
Aug 14, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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The city kids miss a lot that country kids grow up knowing. Like getting a hen to lay a high density hard drive.
Topics: gallus gallus, sci-fi, hard drive
Community Audio
Aug 8, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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This philosophical wheeze is attributed to Rene' Descarte. As it is a philosophical statement it can have no meaning as that is the mission statement of philosophers. They are dead against anything meaning anything. Most would have learned more by having a bowling ball dropped on a foot than by taking 30 units of butt time in grad school. In this story a freak circumstance separates consciousness from body.
Topics: Sci-Fi, Descartes, philosophy, mind-body, outer space
Community Audio
Jul 27, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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These programs are designed to be a half hour in length and are composed of existing short story files with added information and introductory material. The exception is the Modoc program each of which consists of from 2 to 3 chapters of a book and they run longer. These programs were created for non-commercial internet radio stations.
Topics: Storyspieler, Roy Trumbull, short stories, half hour
Community Audio
Jun 8, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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A Navajo horse blanket is missing. A sheep herder is suspected. The sheriff and his posse round up the suspect and he is brought to trial. But as this town had no sheriff, judge, or court, the terrified sheepherder is actually getting the squeeze to provide as many rounds of drinks as possible to the mock court before his funds run out.
Topics: old west, Frank Bird Linderman, justice, court, robbery, saloon, sheepherder, cowpunchers
Community Audio
Jun 6, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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Two hunters have had their pack horses run off. While sitting at their camp fire that night an old prospector joins them. He's tried horses for packing and after much grief came to appreciate burros. He tells the tale of his last pack horse, an ornery pinto.
Topics: pack horses, hunters, prospectors, burros, buzzards, sudden storm, Frank Bird Linderman
Community Audio
Jun 6, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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A beautiful Colt 45 with mother-of-pearl handle is traded. It's a mechanical disaster and the only one in danger from it is the person who tries to fire it. The trick is to trade it while the next mark is still in the thrall of its beauty and to get as far away as possible before the new owner tries to fire it.
Topics: Colt 45, Frank Bird Linderman, old west, gun trades
Community Audio
Jun 1, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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A man is bent on suicide. As there are biblical restrictions to taking your own life, the local bartender offers to kill him as a matter of friendship. As he cocks the trigger of his Colt-45 he explains the hole will be big enough for a cat to jump through and not touch meat.
Topics: old west, Linderman, suicide, black humor, Missouri,Colt-45,murder
Community Audio
May 24, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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An English merchant goes on holiday to Scotland with his family. He admires the traditional dress of the Highland chiefs and commissions such an outfit for himself before leaving London. Upon debarking in Scotland he insists on wearing the costume, much to the embarrassment of his family and the amusement of the locals. Saft Tammie, a man considered a bit daft but respected for his warnings of doom, tells the merchant that, for his vanity, he will see himself face to face and then meet his fate...
Topics: Bram Stoker, Scotland, quicksand, horror, doppelganger, vanity
Community Audio
May 2, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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Samuel Clemmons was a popular public speaker and in the last decade of his life gave a number of speeches that were mostly humorous but often contained a serious undertone.
Topics: Mark Twain, Samuel Clemmons, speeches, humor
Community Audio
Mar 19, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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A childs view of a hired hand who was good at entertaining his bosses children as he did his work.
Topics: Raggedy Man, James Whitcomb Riley, children, poetry
Community Audio
Mar 15, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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A scary poem about the goblins who'll get you if you don't watch out. James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) was known as the Hoosier poet.
Topics: Little Orphant Annie, goblins, scary, James Whitcomb Riley, poem
Community Audio
Mar 6, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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A young man has the kind of eyes that engage others. He is a natural hypnotist and also a sociopath. As a teenager he routinely takes the lunch of a young girl who is convinced that she has eaten it. He makes a prison warden think he is an ostrich and the man dies while trying to swallow a doorknob. His own parents are made to believe they are wild broncos and they fight to the death.
Topics: hypnotist, Ambrose Bierce, sociopath, black humor, murder
Community Audio
Mar 6, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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A father/son team have committed a burglary and are dividing the spoils when the father holds back a fancy music box and denies he has it. This causes the son to end their partnership. He accomplishes this with a handy hatchet which he later uses on his mother. An insurance policy is taken out on the house to enrich the son when he burns it down. The fire is also intended to dispose of his parents bodies. The story is an example of Bierce black humor.
Topics: murder, arson, humor, Ambrose Bierce
Community Audio
Mar 2, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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A hypnotist, trained in the arts of India, is able to infuse others with powerful illusions.
Topics: mystics, India, Ambrose Bierce, California, hypnotism, illusions
Community Audio
Feb 22, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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I enjoy exploring the work of poets. Some poems become dated while others written long ago could have been written yesterday. That is the case here. Sandburg comments on the fate of civilizations and the fate of those seeking to stave off the inevitable.
Topics: Carl Sandburg, civilizations, decline, futility, poetry
Community Audio
Feb 21, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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A Spanish trader has his way with the wife of an Indian brave and drives her mad. Upon the braves return his wife commits suicide and he seeks revenge. He kidnaps the trader and ties him on a horse face to face with the corpse of his victim. They ride the desert until he too is driven mad. This story comes from "Myths and Legends of Our Own Land" by Charles M. Skinner.
Topics: American Indians, traders, madness, revenge
Community Audio
Feb 21, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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This tale, from Myths and Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M. Skinner, tells of a non believing landlady who encounters her dead lodger.
Topics: superstition, ghosts, afterlife, Detroit
Community Audio
Feb 16, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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A train engineer pulling up to the 12,000 foot summit of Marshall Pass, CO finds he's being pursued by a wild train behind while being ordered to stop by a swinging signal lantern ahead. The tale is from the collection "Myths and Legends of Our Own Land" by CHarles M. Skinner.
Topics: trains, phantoms, legends, Marshall Pass, Colorado, wild train
Community Audio
Feb 8, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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This account of a plot in Baltimore to assassinate Lincoln before he could take the oath of office comes from Carl Sandburg's "Lincoln-The War Years".
Topics: Lincoln, Sandburg, assassination, Baltimore, Civil War, slavery, abolition
Community Audio
Jan 30, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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This poem was written on the occasion of the interment of the Unknown Soldier of World War I.
Topics: And So To-Day, Carl Sandburg, poetry, Unknown Soldier, World War I
Community Audio
Jan 17, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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A search is made for that which is created by lawyers yet its substance cannot be found.
Topics: Carl Sandburg, poetry, lawyers, legal language
Community Audio
Jan 17, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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On August 30th of 1856 pro-slavery raiders attacked the abolitionist town of Ossawatomie, Kansas. The town was defended by John Brown and 40 residents with the raiders having 6 to 1 odds in their favor. The defenders had to abandon the town which was then looted and burned.
Topics: Carl Sandburg, slavery, abolitionists, John Brown, Bleeding Kansas, Ossawatomie
Community Audio
Jan 17, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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No matter the scope of man's accomplishments they soon revert to dust.
Topics: Carl Sandburg, poetry, Great City, rats and lizards, golden girls
Community Audio
Jan 17, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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No matter our accomplishments or power, we are all subject to Death's whim.
Topics: Carl Sandburg, poetry, death, proud men
Community Audio
Jan 17, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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For those who think the phrase "so it goes" was the property of Kurt Vonnegut, this poem demonstrates that Carl Sandburg beat him to it.
Topics: Carl Sandburg, so it goes, poetry
Community Audio
Jan 14, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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Corruption happens but in Chicago it is an art form. Perhaps the stuffing of pockets might be handicapped by the wearing of mittens.
Topics: Carl Sandburg, corruption, Cahoots, poetry
Community Audio
Jan 14, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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To the boy Alexander, it is dreams from his reading and wonder about his lost mother as the rain comes down.
Topics: Carl Sandburg, Boy and Father, dreams, adventure, mother, poetry
Community Audio
Jan 14, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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To gamblers it is all about the game even in the hereafter.
Topics: Carl Sandburg, Crapshooters, gambling
Community Audio
Jan 9, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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An actor's ambition may exceed his experience. Nonetheless there are certain parts every actor would like to play.
Topics: Carl Sandburg, Hamlet, Shakespeare, actors
Community Audio
Jan 9, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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A short poem about a bricklayer telling of his love that could not be.
Topics: Carl Sandburg, bricklayer, love
Community Audio
Jan 9, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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Two Swedish boys want to be soldiers even after a veteran of the Civil War tells of the fighting and its toll of men
Topics: Carl Sandburg, Civil War, soldiers, casualties
Community Audio
Jan 9, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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The indifference of a politician to the reality of the working man in the days when men worked 12 hour days 7 days a week.
Topics: Carl Sandburg, Gary Indiana, steel mills, 12 hour day 7 day week
Community Audio
Jan 7, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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A skyscraper as a metaphor for life.
Topics: Carl Sandburg, skyscraper, building, life, soul
Community Audio
Jan 6, 2012 Roy Trumbull
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A rather wry look at how to measures happiness.
Topics: Carl Sandburg, Millionaire, Publisher, Mayor, Instrument Maker, happiness, Music
Community Audio
Nov 16, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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A skilled inventor argues in favor of machines having life. He has a reason for doing so. He has a dark secret.
Topics: sentient beings, life, Ambrose Bierce, murder, chess, automaton
Community Audio
Nov 3, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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Dr. Mannering was very good at predicting when someone would die. Now, dead himself, he continues to practice his specialty.
Topics: apparition, ghost, death, Ambrose Bierce, prediction
Community Audio
Nov 1, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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A hunter spends the night in the shell of an abandoned cabin and is witness to a ghostly murder.
Topics: Bierce, murder, ghosts, Macarger's Gulch
Community Texts
Oct 13, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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When an object becomes the focus of personal devotion, can a church be far behind?
Topics: Church of the Cell Phone, Brother Wooley, sermons, satire, humor
Community Texts
Oct 12, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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Fat Chance by Roy Trumbull - Creative Commons Copyright 2009 Some rights reserved. Detective Abe Howard and his AI computer Maija are looking for a killer. Members of high society are slimming down by getting massaged. Their fat is being removed via the hungry hands of aliens. The story is set 50+ years into the future. The Colorado River is more like a stream. The population in So. Ca is greatly reduced. The number of casinos in Vegas was reduced in a high stakes poker game. There is no money...
Topics: Fat Chance, Roy Trumbull, fat eaters, detective, Maija, geek lit, drone attack, Las Vegas, Colorado...
Community Texts
Oct 12, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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The country is experiencing an epidemic of Kidsheimers in which adults at work turn into children. It is very hush hush. Even the President has it. It is the root cause behind subprime mortgages. When I finished this story in the fall of 2007 I thought everyone could see the coming train wreck. As we've learned since, it was invisible to the Fed, Congress, Wall Street and a lot of banks who should have known better.
Topics: Kidsheimers, humor, satire, whales, disasters, subprime mortgages, investments, Jewish, Roy...
Community Texts
Oct 11, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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A one of a kind bird that is half parrot and half penguin lives near the tip of South America. With his friend Juanita and Ruffa the dog they go on a great adventure that takes them to the Antarctic and then to a penguin colony on the coast of Patagonia.
Topics: Alex The Parrot-Guin, Patagonia, penguins, adventure, South America, Egypt, gold,...
Community Texts
Oct 11, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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A traditional witch and a modern witch face off in a common territory. Ankal, the old fashion witch, makes Princess Irene her pawn and sends her back in time. All of this takes place in a world of modern computer gadgets and a bunch of castoff machines have been harnessed for supernatural purposes. Creative Commons copyright some rights reserved.
Topics: witchcraft, computers, witches, wizards, time travel
Community Audio
Aug 30, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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This tale tells many of the myths and legends associated with the White Mountains. From Myths and Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M. Skinner.
Topics: ghosts, lovers, Indians, pioneers, supernatural
Community Audio
Aug 25, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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Future events at wartime are oft foretold by dreams and wondrous signs. This is a collection of such stories which ends with the Revolutionary War battle of Germantown. The story comes from Myths and Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M. Skinner.
Topics: Germantown, Revolutionary Way, dreams, wondrous signs
Community Audio
Aug 25, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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A fiddler teases the owner of a haunted mansion in front of witnesses. The man offers him the job as caretaker. Not wishing to lose face the fiddler accepts. The Printz Hall of the story was near the present day Chester, PA. The story is from Myths and Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M. Skinner.
Topics: Printz Hall, haunted, caretaker, fiddler, Chester PA, ghosts
Community Audio
Aug 17, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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A grandfather explains to his grandson what a tape recorder was.
Topics: tape recorder, magnetic tape, editing, Ampex 600
Community Audio
Aug 15, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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A doctor has bought some property that the locals say is haunted. He sends a young man to investigate and sure enough he sees a spirit who turns out to be his ancestor. After some adventure he uncovers a treasure.
Topics: treasure, ghost, New Amsterdam, myths and legends, Dolph Heylinger
Community Audio
Aug 12, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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Before it was Ellis Island it was Gibbet Island as that was the location of the gallows used for pirates and mutineers. This is a tale of three hung pirates responding to their captains dinner invitation.
Topics: Gibbet Island, Ellis Island, pirates, mutineers, gallow, ghosts
Community Audio
Aug 11, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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The German immigrants working at a forge in the Ramapo Valley believe the fire should be put out once every 7 years to prevent the birth of a fiery salamander capable of much mischief. Hugo the owner disagrees but his men are right.
Topics: forge, smiths, salamander, earth spirits, Ramapo, magic
Community Audio
Aug 5, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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This tale tells of a ghost ship that sails up the Hudson. Some say it is Henry Hudson and his men headed to the Catskills for a carouse and others believe it to be the Flying Dutchman. Then there is the ship seen in the calm that presages a storm causing sailors to set their anchors or head for harbor. From the collection "Myths and Legends of Our Own Land" by Charles M. Skinner.
Topics: Henry Hudson, Catskills, Flying Dutchman, ghost ship, storm ship, folklore
Community Audio
Aug 5, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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This is the story of the imps, goblins, and other demons who live atop Thunder Mountain and raise squalls on the waters below. This story comes from the collection "Myths and Legends of Our Own Land" by Charles M. Skinner.
Topics: Dunderberg, Thunder Mountain, demons, squalls, storms, sailors, ships, folklore
Community Audio
Aug 5, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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The tale of the New Amsterdam trumpeter sent to warn of a British invasion who can't find a ferryman. He vows to cross the water in spite of the devil. The devil takes him on and he gets out one final blast before he drowns. This story comes from "Myths and Legends of Our Own Land" by Charles M. Skinner.
Topics: New Amsterdam, devil, British, trumpeter, Anthony Van Corlaer, Spuyten Duyvil
Community Audio
Jul 29, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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A story from the collection "Myths and Legends of Our Own Land" by Charles M. Skinner. A fay is one of the many names for a fairy. In this story a fay has loved a mortal and the fairy king sends him on a quest in which he must catch a drop of spray from a leaping sturgeon and a spark from a meteor.
Topics: fay, fairy, Hudson, watersprites, ghosts
Community Audio
Jul 29, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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A story from the collection "Myths and Legends of Our Own Land" by Charles M. Skinner. A witch sits atop a monster turned to stone and brews the weather.
Topics: witch, Catskills, weather, Indians, myths, legends
Community Audio
Jul 28, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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From the collection "Myths and Legends of Our Own Land" by Charles M. Skinner comes this tale of the origins of the baker's dozen.
Topics: baker's dozen, myths, legends, New Amsterdam, bewitched, 13
Community Audio
Jul 20, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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Captain Kidd, the pirate, was thought to have buried treasure all up and down the Atlantic coast. This is the tale of the one treasure found and the ghostly terrors visited on those who sought the rest.
Topics: pirates, treasure, Captain Kidd, ghosts, treasure chests
Cratediggers
Jun 3, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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It was writer Arthur C. Clarke who said, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Ankal the witch is a story about a good witch and a bad witch. It takes place mostly in the present and pits our modern magic against the eye of newt tongue of frog kind. I took every opportunity in this story to poke fun at all the stuff we take too seriously. I expect no one will have any trouble with the wordplay. Ten years from now it will be as distant as Beowulf. The...
Topics: Ankal, witchcraft, Stevniak, Zarpi, magic, humor, witches, wizards, fantasy, Fright&Barrow,...
Community Audio
May 27, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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This is a fantasy best not read before bedtime. The story is about a man who reasoned that matter's form and shape comes from the minds of men and that other beings in a higher dimension might wrest that control away. Twenty years after a book was published containing his idea it seems to be coming to pass. He watches his world disappear piece by piece. This story by Clifford D. Simak and Carl Jacobi was first published in Comet Magazine in July 1941. The text is available at Gutenberg.org
Topics: dimensions, matter, mind, fantasy, Simak, Jacobi, audio book
Community Audio
May 21, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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Years after the Xenobots had been vanquished and their home planet destroyed, the human-Ahmanyan alliance discovered, to its dismay, that the Second Xenobot War was not, in fact, truly over. The Xenobot's great weapon that had worked so efficiently in the long ago War of the First Races continued to run on its own, but like so much of the Xenobot's technology, it was wearing out. A sudden collapse of this technology could bring about a catastrophe of unprecedented, perhaps galaxy-wide...
Topics: Starman, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Xenobots, Tharsos, First Races
Community Video
Mar 26, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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In the wake of the demonstrations during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, the city produced a white wash entitled "What Trees Did They Plant?" TV Stations that broadcast the film had to offer equal time to those speaking in opposition. One group was the Youth International Party or Yippies who produced this film. Paul Krassner wrote the script. Some classic film footage was re-mixed with footage shot during the demonstrations. There is some missing audio from this copy....
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Topics: 1968 Democractic Convention, Yippies, Mayor Daley, demonstrations
Community Audio
Feb 19, 2011 Roy Trumbull
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A humorous poem about a short lived society of men who favored brawls over polite discussion. The Stanislaus River flows from the Sierras down to the Central Valley of California where it joins the San Joaquin River. The city of Modesto is in Stanislaus County.
Topics: Stanislaus, Bret Harte, poem, humor
Community Audio
Dec 29, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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A super hero runs into the laws of physics.
Topics: super hero.physic, humor, Super Guy
Community Audio
Dec 11, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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A fairy in the service of Dame Fortune gifts mankind with a pair of shoes that will take their wearer to any time and place he desires. They are left in the foyer along with other rain boots during a party. Another fairy who is Care doubts they will be of benefit.
Topics: Hans Christian Andersen, fantasy, shoes of fortune
Community Audio
Dec 5, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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Lois Rather was my cousin and a life long writer who greatly enjoyed doing research. She and her husband Cliff started the Rather Press in 1969. All the type was set by hand. They were well known and admired by those with similar enterprises. Some were dismayed that their earliest projects employed staples. They were taught how to stitch a binding and did so. Lois found that in 1889 the 23 year old Rudyard Kipling had gotten to England by way of America and she tracked down all the information...
Topics: Rudyard Kipling, San Francisco, Rather Press, Lois Rather
Community Audio
Dec 4, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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Everyone likes to visit a magic shop but this one is only open and available to the right sort of little boy
Topics: magic, H.G. Wells, fantasy
Community Audio
Dec 4, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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This is H. L. Mencken's report from the scene of the Scope's Trial. A high school teacher named Scopes is brought up on charges for teaching evolution. It is sometimes referred to as the "monkey trial". The text for this story is available in several of the Mencken compilations available in paperback.
Topics: Mencken, Scopes, Monkey Trial, evolution
Community Audio
Nov 13, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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Rootabaga Stories is a children's book written by Carl Sandburg and published in 1922. It is full of delightful nonsense.
Topics: Sandburg, Rootabaga Country, children's stories, nonsense
Community Audio
Oct 17, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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A book editor goes out to sea to see a demonstration of an invention which its maker intends to write a book about. Instead of working as advertised, it opens up a closed gate to another world and soon there are strange aliens on their boat with super powers.
Topics: Sci-Fi, Larry Shaw, inventions, aliens, fishmen, super powers
Community Audio
Sep 10, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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On a new planet a colony hopes to survive in the jungle with the aid of killer robots to control the predators. But these robots can't distinguish between humans and jungle animals. The lone survivor of the scout party must gain control before the big ship with the colonists lands.
Topics: Sci-Fi, robots, killer robots, colony, jungle, Al Sevcik, audio book, blasters
Community Audio
Aug 25, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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While astrology has gone out of favor since the constellations have moved over the past 2000 years and are no longer where the charts would have them, yet the possibility of closer celestial objects effecting our destinies goes on. In this story it is the strange radiation from the S-Regions of the sun and their possible effect on human behavior.
Topics: Sci-Fi, Philip Lathem, S-Regions, Sun, human behavior
Community Audio
Aug 24, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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A client with money hires a detective to bring him a time traveler so he can learn the secrets of the future and put off his own death. This leads to a trip to Octoberfest and a triple hangover.
Topics: Sci-Fi, Mack Reynolds, Octoberfest, time travel, hangover
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Aug 12, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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Tangier is a city where anything goes. Being polite involves not asking anyone too many questions. At a sidewalk cafe two men are speculating about flying saucers. Both have come a considerable distance to get there.
Topics: Tangier, flying saucers, extra terrestrials, sci-fi, space tourists
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Aug 4, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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The arrest in 2010 of a group of Russian spies reminded me of a classic case from the 1950s. It all started when a newsboy accidentally received a hollow nickel containing a microphotograph. This story comes from the FBI's classic case histories file.
Topics: FBI, spies, hollow nickel, Abel, microphotograph, Soviet Union
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Jul 23, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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When an institutionalized man tells you he is making an atomic bomb out of modeling clay, you're inclined to dismiss him. When it goes off he gets your attention.
Topics: sci-fi, atomic bomb, Rick Raphael, Astounding Science Fiction, nut house
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Jun 23, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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This is the fourth Oz story of those written by L. Frank Baum. In it Dorothy and her cousin Zeb are swallowed up by an Earthquake crevice and fall slowly down to a strange land where they are shortly joined by the Wizard whose circus balloon has suffered the same fate. They have many adventures before finally being transported to Oz by the magic of Ozma.
Topics: Oz, L.Frank Baum, Dorothy, Wizard of Oz, magic, adventure, humbug
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Jun 15, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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The crew from a trip to Mars has only one desire. After 18 months in tight quarters they want to kill each other in as slow and grisly a way as possible.
Topics: Sci-Fi, Mars, murder, audio book, fighting, killing, isolation, Frederick Pohl
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Jun 10, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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If, somehow, you get trapped in a circular time system ... how long is the circumference of an infinitely retraced circle?
Topics: Sci-Fi, audio book, John O'Keefe, paradox, time circle
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Jun 7, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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Forget clowns and elephants. This isn't that kind of circus. It's about a man lost in a paradox who finds the only one who can't possibly help him.
Topics: paradox, circus, Sci-Fi, Alan E. Nourse, parallel universe, twin earth, audio book
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Jun 4, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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The title is a play on "An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure". While the satirical nature of the story is obvious the Sci-Fi aspect may elude you. This story was published in 1963 and very accurately predicted the rise of the cults of specialization and testing that dominate medicine today. The exaggerations in the story are our reality.
Topics: Sci-Fi, satire, medicine, specialization, medical testing, audio book
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Jun 3, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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The contemplation of murder is like that of anticipating a bottle of old wine as you walk by it on the shelf. In a future world in which the inner spirit can be transported leaving the body behind, there are ways to kill that leave no evidence.
Topics: Sci-Fi, murder, escapist, audio book, transporter, costumes, revels
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May 25, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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Two men in a bar. One is a spacer with a face full of red lines from compression and decompression. The other is a man known as Doc. It turns out he is responsible for space travel.
Topics: Sci-Fi, Kornbluth, audio books, space travel, bars, drinking, Bowman Drive
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May 21, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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The question that has been raised by every parent since the dawn of indoor plumbing is now asked of a Martian.
Topics: Martian, bathroom, bath tub, Sci-Fi, audio Book, Fritz Leiber, professor
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May 18, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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What if modern day racketeers could control rats just like the Pied Piper? Who would stop them from extortion on a grand scale?
Topics: rats, pied piper, folklore, music, extortion, rackets, Sci-Fi, Dr. David Keller, gangsters
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May 13, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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An FBI PSI operative without weapons must go up against a killer. The killer is cloaked against the power of PSI forces.
Topics: PSI, Sci-Fi, Larry M. Harris, killer, murder, mind
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May 11, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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If your missing cow turns up radiating blue-white light brighter than the midday sun, can you still milk her? We assemble the usual experts and state troopers to find out.
Topics: Sci-Fi, Alex James, cows, farms, flying saucers, audio books
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May 9, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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A coroner's inquest into a suicide results in the coroner's death at the hands of a science fiction literary agent.
Topics: Sci-Fi, coroner, inquest, Albert Hernhuter, audio book, writer's agent
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May 9, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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If you lived in a trailer would you trade it for a spacious house with all the modern conveniences? Would it matter if it was in another galaxy?
Topics: aliens, CPA, Frank Herbert, Sci-Fi, tax collection
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May 1, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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An asteroid is actually a living creature based on silicon. It uses a female robot to lure spacemen. There are many old spaceships in one of its caves but no sign of the crews. They were eaten long ago.
Topics: space, asteroids, living rock, robots, Sci-Fi, audio book
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Apr 27, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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Aliens collect samples for the galactic museum. Their task is made simple by baiting humans with their own desires.
Topics: Sci-Fi, aliens, human exhibit, galactic museum, audio book
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Apr 24, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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It's a shooting war on our shores. American and Russia both use devilish new weapons. Russia brings out their ultimate weapon. Americans are suckers for it.
Topics: war, battlefield, Russia, America, Sci-Fi, audio book, robots
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Apr 21, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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Do time machines work as we think they do? Or do they work in a way that is beyond our imagination? One man must find out again and again.
Topics: time machine, Sci-Fi, audio book, Fredric Brown, time travel
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Apr 19, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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Using their telepathic powers the Martians know the earth rocket is coming. They have great expectations as do the earthmen. But a slight error changes all that.
Topics: Sci-Fi, Fredric Brown, Mars, earth, rocket, audio book
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Apr 15, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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In this 1960 story by Poul Anderson government is not to be trusted. A group who believe in openness and transparency has elected to leave and are aboard a fleet of 15 vessels on a 40 year voyage to the only inhabitable planet discovered so far. A message is received from earth indicating changes have taken place that make returning an option. In this story the realities of space travel are treated accurately. Acceleration and deceleration take serious amounts of time and energy. The fleet is...
Topics: Space travel, Sci-Fi, colonists, Pohl Anderson, politics, audio book
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Apr 10, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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An acronym I haven't heard for years is BEM for bug eyed monster. In this story an escaping bank robber who may have murdered a guard and a bank customer has car trouble while still 110 miles from his destination. He is desperate and willing to kill to get another car. That's what he does but what he kills is not a man but a thing wearing the body of a man. This story anticipates "Men In Black" by many decades.
Topics: BEM, Sci-Fi, James H. Schmitz, alien insect, bank robber, murder
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Apr 7, 2010 Roy Trumbull
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This Sci-Fi story from 1962 is about a computerized war game simulator that is good, too good.
Topics: atomic war, Ben Bova, Sci-Fi, Computers, audio books, war games